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Scott Pruitt Stammers, Gets Indignant in a Jawdropping Fox News Grilling

Earlier Wednesday, Fox News released a portion of Ed Henry‘s interview with embattled EPA administrator Scott Pruitt — in which he threw his staff under the bus over the controversy surrounding efforts to secure pay raises for two EPA employees.

Amazingly, the interview got even more compelling from there.

The full conversation between Pruitt and Henry was aired during The Story with Martha MacCallum Wednesday night. And if Pruitt thought he’d found a soft landing spot in Fox News, Henry’s grueling line of questioning promptly relieved him of that misguided notion.

“President [Donald] Trump said he would drain the swamp. Is draining the swamp renting an apartment from the wife of a Washington lobbyist?” Henry said — inquiring about an absurdly discounted condo Pruitt rented from the spouse of a top energy lobbyist.

Pruitt got indignant.

“I don’t think that that’s remotely fair to ask that question,” he said, icily.

Undaunted, Henry stayed on the topic. And his questions eventually flummoxed Pruitt. Henry cornered the EPA administrator after he admitted he only paid for the nights he stayed in the apartment

“Your house in Oklahoma, you pay a mortgage on that,” Henry said. “And when you don’t sleep there, you still pay the mortgage, right?

Pruitt practically did a double-take.

“Not when I’m not using it,” Pruitt said, stammering. Then, catching himself, he said, “I mean, yes. This is a tremendous difference. I wasn’t using the facility, uh, Ed, when I wasn’t there.”

Credit to Henry for masterful interrogation as the interview, in many respects, felt like a career-killer for Scott Pruitt.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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